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Working As A Truck Unloader

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $28,228

    Average Salary

What Does A Truck Unloader Do

Hand laborers and material movers manually move freight, stock, or other materials. Others feed or remove material to or from machines, clean vehicles, pick up unwanted household goods, and pack materials for moving.

Duties

Hand laborers and material movers typically do the following:

  • Manually move material from one place to another
  • Pack or wrap products by hand
  • Keep a record of the material they move
  • Signal machine operators who help move material
  • Clean cars, equipment, and workplaces

In warehouses and wholesale and retail operations, hand laborers and material movers work closely with material moving machine operators and material recording clerks. Some workers are employed in manufacturing industries, where they load material onto conveyor belts or other machines.

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment wash automobiles and other vehicles, as well as storage tanks, pipelines, and related machinery. They use cleaning products, vacuums, hoses, and brushes. Most of these workers clean cars at a car wash, an automobile dealership, or a rental agency. Some clean industrial equipment at manufacturing firms. Some—for example, those who work at a car wash—interact with customers.

Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers move materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery trucks, ships, and containers. Although their specific duties may vary, most of these movers, often called pickers, work in warehouses. Some workers retrieve products from storage and move them to loading areas. Other workers load and unload cargo from a truck. When moving a package, pickers keep track of the package number, sometimes with a hand-held scanner, to ensure proper delivery. Sometimes they open containers and sort the material.

Hand packers and packagers package a variety of materials by hand. They may label cartons, inspect items for defects, and keep records of items packed. Some of these workers pack materials for shipment and move them to a loading dock. Many hand packers are employed by grocery stores, where they bag groceries for customers at checkout.

Machine feeders and offbearers process materials by feeding them into equipment or by removing them from equipment. The equipment is generally operated by other workers, such as material moving machine operators. Machine feeders and offbearers help the operator if the machine becomes jammed or needs minor repairs. Machine feeders track the amount of material they process during a shift.

Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather garbage and recyclables from homes and businesses to transport to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. Many collectors lift garbage cans by hand and empty them into their truck. Some collectors drive the garbage or recycling truck along a scheduled route. When collecting materials from a dumpster, drivers use a hydraulic lift to empty the contents of the dumpster into their truck.

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How To Become A Truck Unloader

Formal education is not usually required to become a hand laborer or material mover. Employers typically require only that applicants be physically able to perform the work.

Education

There are no formal education requirements to become a hand laborer or material mover.

Training

Most positions for hand laborers and material movers require less than 1 month of on-the-job training. Some workers need only a few days of training, and most training is done by a supervisor or a more experienced worker who decides when trainees are ready to work on their own.

Workers learn safety rules as part of their training. Many of these rules are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Refuse and recyclable material collectors who drive trucks that exceed a certain capacity—such as vehicles with the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds—must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires passing written, skill, and vision tests.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Hand laborers and material movers who work with the public, such as grocery baggers or car wash attendants, must be pleasant and courteous to customers.

Hand–eye coordination. Most hand laborers and material movers use their arms and hands to manipulate objects or move objects into specific positions.

Listening skills. Hand laborers and material movers follow instructions that a supervisor gives them.

Physical stamina. Hand laborers and material movers need the endurance to perform strenuous tasks, such as moving or cleaning objects, throughout the day.

Physical strength. Some workers must be able to lift and carry heavy objects.

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Truck Unloader Demographics

Gender

Male

81.0%

Female

17.4%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

81.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

84.8%

French

6.5%

Portuguese

2.2%

German

2.2%

Cheyenne

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%
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Truck Unloader Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.4%

Lansing Community College

7.2%

Navarro College

6.2%

Columbus State Community College

5.2%

Kaplan University

5.2%

ECPI University

4.1%

Tyler Junior College

4.1%

Hudson Valley Community College

4.1%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.1%

Tennessee Technological University

4.1%

Grambling State University

4.1%

Fox Valley Technical College

4.1%

The Academy

4.1%

Santa Rosa Junior College

4.1%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

4.1%

American InterContinental University

4.1%

Miami Dade College

4.1%

Georgia Perimeter College

4.1%

Pioneer Technology Center

4.1%
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Majors

Business

21.6%

Criminal Justice

10.3%

General Studies

9.8%

Automotive Technology

6.2%

Precision Metal Working

5.4%

Computer Science

5.4%

Psychology

4.0%

Education

3.8%

Kinesiology

3.6%

Accounting

3.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Medical Assisting Services

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.5%

Nursing

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

55.6%

Bachelors

17.7%

Associate

15.4%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

3.3%

Masters

1.1%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Truck Unloader

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Top Truck Unloader Skills

  1. Electric Pallet Jack
  2. Stock Merchandise
  3. Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • unloaded inventory from trucks using various methods including pallet jacks and electric pallet jacks
  • Scan inventory into the system, packed and unloaded pallets as well as stock merchandise onto shelves and top stock.
  • Used pallet jacks to bring all merchandise to the sales floor.
  • Stock shelves Loaded and unloaded pieces into boxes for shipment.
  • Freight truck Unloader Unloaded freight truck and stocked the shelves with products, put all the excess in stock room.

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